IIWR-MB hosted a “parallel event” during the  Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) at the United Nations: “YOUTH SPEAK OUT: Canada’s Social Protection Systems” . The focus of the panel reflected the CSW63’s priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

In 2019, IIWR-MB sent 30 people to the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the largest delegation to date.

Below you will find reports on the experiences of the delegates, information on the delegates and materials produced in preparation for their attendance.


Thanks to National Council of Women of Canada, and the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace for including IIWR-MB members in their delegation, as each accredited NGO can only register a maximum of 20 delegates.

Delegation Membership


The delegation included individuals and representatives from the following organizations: The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB); The University of Winnipeg Global College; Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre Inc.; Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO); Grand Council Treaty 3; the Southern Chiefs Organization Inc. (SCOINC); The Office of Senator Marilou McPhedran; Canadian Women 4 Women Afghanistan (MB); Operation Ezra; and NorWest Community Coop.


  • Ashley Daniels
  • Brittany McIntosh
  • Chief Deb Smith
  • Mia Ryder
  • Jamileh Naso
  • Jenny Lay
  • Chantell Barker
  • Chief Karen Batson
  • Debbie Lipscombe
  • Erika Vas
  • Hilda Anderson-Pyrz
  • Mariam Omar
  • Chief Kathy Kishiueb
  • Kelvin Lynleg
  • Grand Chief Garrison Settee
  • Wes Huner
  • Caitlin Thomas
  • Darci Todoruk
  • Cassie Kupfer
  • Micaela Crighton
  • Ayat Mneina
  • Darryl Zuend
  • Noelle Sagher
  • Shayne Bloomfield-Wong
  • Teruni Walaliyadde
  • Tyler Andrade
  • Krysten Anderson


Mia Ryder, Shayne Bloomfield-Wong, Micaela Crighton, Darci Todoruk, Caitlin Thomas, Noelle Sagher, and Darryl Zuend (not pictured) all received bursaries, totaling $3,200 to cover some of the costs associated with attending the meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Dr. Jan Stewart, Director, Global College, and Nancy Cosway, CoChair IIWR-MB presented the cheques, along with Teruni Walalayadde, Lead for the IIWR-MB delegation.

IIWR-MB awarded 7 Citizenship Bursaries for University of Winnipeg’s Global College students attending CSW63.

Parallel Event Panel


Moderator: Kim Fontaine, Program Coordinator Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre


  • Jenny Lay, MKO
  • Ashley Daniels, Youth Chief, SCO
  • Jamileh Naso, Operation Ezra
  • Brittany McIntosh, NorWest Co-op

Photos and bios on the Panelists and the Moderator pdf (Here) .

Press Release, March 1, 2019 pdf (Here)

Youth Speak Out:

Canada’s Social Protection Systems

The Panel was recorded and streamed live.  

View the Presentation here.

Panelists win Award

The Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba (PCWM) has chosen the IIWRMB Panelists as the 2019 “Not Afraid to Get My Hands Dirty Award” recipients, to be presented at a Gala event June 14, 2019.

PCWM shared these words in announcing the award, “Five amazing women brought the issues faced by Manitoba young people affected by the social protection system to the world’s attention through a panel presentation at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women in the spring of 2019.  Their collective action raised awareness, offered direction for positive change, and challenged the assumptions of the powerful.  The diversity among them in background, story, and perspective is the hopeful face of today and of the future.

The Not Afraid to Get My Hands Dirty award is intended for a Manitoba woman/girl who has recently demonstrated a creative activist response to an identified injustice, in an attempt to bring about social or political change for women.  Uniquely this year, the award honours the 5 women whose work together was outstanding.

Read more about the women and the Award


Panel Members with supporters.

Reports and Views on the Commission